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Limitations Of E-Learning: A Teacher's Perspective

Limitations Of E-Learning: A Teacher's Perspective

India saw a boom in e-learning with the emergence of the pandemic. For the majority of students and teachers, online education came with a lot of challenges. But the experts believe that e-learning is the future of education and the trend of virtual classes is here to stay. Let us learn about the advantages and disadvantages of online classes from a teacher.

 

Economic Inequality

Many teachers believe that economic inequality has severe effects on e-learning as students from the middle and lower classes are unable to have all the basic resources required for digital learning. All the assistance that was being provided to students from the marginalized group for their better education is not available in online classes.

There is no such system put in place to tackle the digital inequality despite having complete knowledge that pandemic is not going anywhere soon.

 

Disadvantages Of Online Classes: A Teacher’s Perspective 

E-learning was a new experiment for India just like the rest of the world which emerged only when its need arose rapidly during the pandemic. Neither our system was ready for it nor did the teachers have any kind of prior experience or training regarding online learning. It creates a huge communication gap between teachers and students which makes education ineffective.

Mohammad Ali is a research scholar and guest teacher in Jamia Millia Islamia. In an exclusive interview with Agnito Today, he shared his perspective on the potential and limitations of e-learning during an ongoing pandemic.

He said, “In an established Central University like Jamia Millia Islamia teachers use platforms like Google Meet for imparting knowledge, but it is nowhere as effective as a physical classroom. Such shortcoming makes online education ineffective.”

Ali also brings our attention to the importance of the library for the students of higher studies. These rare and expensive books from college/ university libraries can be accessed for free for further research and in-depth study. Ali calls it a ‘major drawback for students as they will never get such facilities sitting at home.

 

Why Online Classes Are Not Effective

One of the many disadvantages of online education is that one will never get the educational ambiance from the comfort of home. In school or college, students can consult their teachers, class fellows or even seniors if they have difficulty in a subject. However, this is not possible while taking classes from home.

Most lower and middle-class households do not have a system of separate study rooms. Students take classes in the bedroom or drawing room which doesn’t give optimal concentration. A lot of students complain of headache and itching in the eyes due to excessive use of mobile screens. This is the negative aspects of online education.

Financial Constrain

A lot of families are not fit for affording mobile or laptop along with a monthly internet plan for their children. This is one of the major disadvantages of online classes for middle and lower-class students.  

It becomes even more difficult in families where more than one child needs such facilities. “It is challenging to provide separate mobile and internet connectivity to each child if there are 3-4 children in the house”, Ali said.

The personal experience of Mohammad Ali while teaching University students online gives us a greater insight into the challenges and limitations of digital learning.

Watch the complete interview here:

 

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